Newsletter 15 – 12/10/18

Weekly Highlights

We spent last week working in smaller CPR groups and continued with themes of interdependence. In these groups, 18 in size, with Heather, John, & Kalei, facilitating – students are talking about common ground and mutually beneficial relationships. We have also been working on mixing up who kids sit next to so that they are greeting and connecting with a variety of kiddos throughout the week.

In writers workshop, we finished up our work with interviewing a peer. Students have been closely studying the format of a paragraph, and that’s why it showed up in homework last week (and again this week!).

We went to see the 3/4 play – Alice in Wonderland – it was amazing.

We also started to extend some of our genetics understandings to work with Punnett Squares. We’ve been working to understand dominant and recessive genes. We’re excited about the places this study of science is going to take us in future P3 work. We’ve started to do some work with learning about the gene-edited babies in China, and students have been reflecting on what opinions they have of this scenario. Here is a short radio piece we listened to today. 

Announcements

  • Homework will be due on Thursday this week! We are really trying to help kids build the habit of getting it done before the weekend.
  • The whole school will be going to see Cardinal Stage’s production of Beauty & the Beast on December 20th at 10am. We are asking that families send in $6.50 for their child to attend this performance. No child  will be prevented from going based on an inability to pay. If you are able to contribute extra money to cover the cost of someone else, please send that in with your child.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What did you learn in the process of interviewing and writing up paragraphs in Writers Workshop?
  • What do you think about the genetic editing article / podcast you engaged with?
  • How is IDR going? What books have you completed?
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Newsletter 14 – 11/30/18

Weekly Highlights

This week we welcomed a new member to our 5/6 team – Ms. Teasa. Teasa joins us as a former 6th grade teacher in the Indianapolis Public Schools. We worked to welcome Teasa to our community by creating slides about ourselves and about TPS/the 5/6 class.

We had two celebrations of our zine work this week… one on Tuesday with the whole class during school and another on Wednesday night. We are so proud of this work! We’ve hung it up in our classroom, so you can stop by sometime and see it there if you can’t make our last “celebration” – more details below.

We did completed a science lab related to genetics and have had some experiences with learning about DNA!

Announcements

Art To Remember Orders are here! If you would like an early pick-up, before the items go home with students, you may come to the 3rd floor art room WEDNESDAY the 5th, from 4:00-5:15pm. All orders not picked up at this time will go home with your artists on Friday the 7th. If you would like me to hold items in the art room, for pick-up before the Variety Show on the 19th, let me know via email. If you have any other questions feel free to contact Ms. Sara at sirvine@theprojectschool.org

The whole school will be going to see Cardinal Stage’s production of Beauty & the Beast on December 20th at 10am. We are asking that families send in $6.50 for their child to attend this performance. No child  will be prevented from going based on an inability to pay. If you are able to contribute extra money to cover the cost of someone else, please send that in with your child.

Zines at the library! We will have our zines on display in the gallery space at MCPL Monday-Thursday next week. Come by and take a look/read. We’ll send home copies of zines the following week, so please leave them up and let them be seen!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did the celebration of your zines go? What went well? What went not as well?
  • What is happening in CPR?
  • You’ve been working on a short interview project, what are you learning about?
  • What book are you reading during IDR? Is it interesting? Is it challenging? What do you plan to read next?

Newsletter 8 – 9/30/18

Weekly Highlights

This week we wrapped up our unit on PUNK! On Friday, we encouraged students to “be themselves” in their attire to uphold what our main character in our read aloud talks about. It was incredible to see the vast array of new looks, and about half of our class who wore the same things they do everyday. We are grateful that kids shared themselves with the group.

As a part of celebrating punk day, kids wrote the soundtracks to their lives by creating a set of songs that describes everyday events. The titles are hilarious.

We also began a reflection on our first P3 unit to see how kids responded to the connections between punk and borders/boundaries/limits.

In CPR this week we focused on studying emotions. We talked about emotions beyond happy, mad, glad, and sad and got into the complex emotions as well as when we feel multiple things at once.

Announcements

This week we don’t have school on Friday, because it’s conference day. Then we go on a two week fall break – can’t believe we’re already a fourth of the way through the year!

We will not be sending a homework assignment home this week.

We will celebrate zines after the break. This will allow time for us to duplicate them and work out all the copy errors we find. Please let us know if you’re interested in volunteering some time to make copies 🙂

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What were the song titles you created for your punk soundtrack?
  • (from CPR) – What is a time you noticed someone was upset? How did you help them?
  • This week you had choice time for the first time — what did you choose to do and why?
  • What are some of the goals you have for the rest of the year?

Newsletter 7 – 9/22/18

Weekly Highlights 

We spent the week cutting, collaging, manipulating text on a page, printing images, and creating our zines. We extended our deadline to next Friday, with class time on Monday and Tuesday. These pieces are great and we are so excited to celebrate them with you soon.

Book clubs are in full swing, some clubs will have their final meeting and others have two more!

We saw The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as a play on Friday morning and then did some comparing/contrasting work with the beginning of the film Friday afternoon. Kids drew many parallels between setting and character, while noting that the historical context was more apparent in the movie.

In CPR this week, we started talking about listening, what it looks like, feels like, and sounds like.

Announcements

We collected homework yesterday reflecting on the conversations you had with your kiddos at home. Please check in with your child on whether or not they completed this assignment, they can still turn it in on Monday.

We will send home another homework assignment on Monday!

We plan on having a Dress Up Punk day on Friday 9/28. We will go over guidelines for what this means in class, but all clothing must still adhere to the TPS dress code (which we have been discussing in connection to our read aloud!).

  • Snacks this week: Adams to Fish
  • Snacks next week: Gomez to McGranahan

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How are you making decisions with the layout of your zine?
  • What happened with the pencils this week? How are you taking care of your pencil?
  • What do Mrs. Hidalgo and MaLú have something in common?

Newsletter 6 – 9/15/18

Weekly Updates

This week we moved from writing our pieces to turning them into zines! A zine is a self-published magazine and is/was a part of the punk movement that we’re reading about in The First Rule of Punk (our read aloud). Kids are storyboarding, cutting, collaging, finding images, and pulling together these zines – the final touch will be their Art to Remember cover!

We also started our book club meetings. The theme of this round is for kids to build listening skills. Students brought ideas to the meeting, had a chance to share their ideas with the group, and then their group members repeated back and connected to what they heard.

We’ve been adding in some “mindfulness” to our post-recess transition. We’ve been using videos from Mind-Yeti to bring down our energy and be ready for IDR & Book Club Meetings.

Announcements

  • We’ll be seeing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on Sept 21, 2018 at 10am. Please send in $6.50 for your child to attend. No child will be excluded based on an inability to pay and if anyone wants to cover an extra ticket (or portion thereof) – please feel free. These payments should come in as soon as possible!
  • We are carrying on a tradition of 5/6 – the pet wall. Please email us pictures or send in hard copies for us to add these members of your family to the wall outside our classroom.
  • Homework will come home tomorrow in blue folders. The assignment will involve kiddos talking/sharing with someone at home.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What images/ideas do you have planned out for your zine?
  • What is MaLú learning in The First Rule of Punk about Selena?
  • How is the work of “listening” going in your book club?
  • How has advisory been going?

Newsletter 5 – 9/10/18

Weekly Highlights

In Readers Workshop, we started book clubs. The titles that kids are reading are:

  • Hatchet
  • El Deafo
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time
  • Jake & Lily
  • Out of My Mind
  • The Jumbies
  • Bloomability
  • Save Me a Seat

Though they will not have extensive writing, we will be using protocols during book club discussions that kids will need to be prepared for. Their assignment is likely to look something like this, and they’ll have time in class to complete it.

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Writers Workshop – We’ve finished up our revisions, checklists, and partner feedback. Students spent last week making sure that each kind of elaboration is in each of their pieces. This week we’re moving onto zines!

In Community/P3 we’ve been continuing our study of punk and rules. We are also working on some photo projects to show off who we are. These will hopefully be up in our classroom in the coming week.

Announcements

We’ll be seeing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on Sept 21, 2018 Matinee. Please send in $6.50 for your child to attend. No child will be excluded based on an inability to pay and if anyone wants to cover an extra ticket (or portion thereof) – please feel free!

Blue Homework folders haven’t made a reappearance yet. We’ll be sending something hopefully by the end of this week!

  • Snacks this week:Parker to Roussos
  • Snacks next week: Searcy to Wright

John & Kalei will be sending out conference notifications soon – we are starting conferences in the next week.

Questions to Ask

  • How are you feeling about the possible agreements “Be Yourself” and “Consider others” ?
  • What are you looking forward to with book clubs? How has your past experience been with them?
  • What are you most interested in with creating your zine in Writers Workshop?

Newsletter 3 – 8/27/18

P3 & Arts Integration

We have been working on a study of rules. Our read aloud The First Rule of Punk has led our main character to face up to her new school’s dress code. We talked about implicit (hidden) and explicit (visible) rules in our school and Bloomington community. We also took a look at TPS’s dress code.

Writers Workshop

We had a soft deadline of Friday for students to submit their first two personal narratives. In our unit, they’ll be compiling at least four stories that center around a theme. Their Art to Remember piece will be the cover of a booklet they’ll create in the coming weeks.

Reading

We have been building stamina during our reading time in the afternoon by doing Independent Daily Reading (IDR). This week, students will select their first choices for book clubs, which will begin later this week.

Homework

Today, students will bring home the permission slip for the filming event that will happen tomorrow. You’ll find it in the blue folders that we give out to kids. We’ll be sending out a longer letter on our approach to homework in 5/6 this year.

5/6 Celebration

This Friday, August 31, we’ll be having a celebration for students at school. Please meet us in the parking lot at 6:45 for us to take your kiddos for a few hours to enjoy some snacks and a movie in the 5/6 classroom. This will be an event for 5/6 students only.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

-Where did you go during the arts integration time and what rules did you observe?
-What is your passions? How has it been going ?
-What is the theme of your stories? How are you feeling about writing them?
-What do you feel you’ve learned about members in your community?